Boost for cancer charity campaign

On your marks, get set . . .  go!

Blink and you could have missed it: the moment the fastest man in rugby met the fastest woman in fundraising


Carlin Isles, the former US track sprinter who has run the 100m in 10.24 seconds and now plays for Glasgow Warriors rugby team, got on his marks at the Scotstoun stadium with Debbie Dean.

43-year-old Debbie from Glasgow, is rapidly working towards a £1million target, a sum being raised for cancer charities in memory of her sister, who lost her life to the disease in February.

Debbie said: “I was a little bit nervous meeting Carlin; I’ve watched videos of his famously fast runs on the park and knew he is an astounding athlete. But actually he was very sweet and took time to give me great words of encouragement for my own race to a million pounds.”

Debbie’s sister, mother-of-one from Glasgow Roseann Gallagher was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on November 17, 1999. She was given a 48% chance of survival for the next five years, and began creating a book of personal accounts by people who had lived through the disease called Cancer No Not Me! She wanted to raise £1,000,000 for cancer care through fundraising and the book sales: a mission Debbie has vowed to complete.

Carlin said: "This is a great journey that Debbie has set out on for a very worthy cause. I wish her all the best as she sprints for her target of one million pounds."

Debbie and Carlin’s meeting was organised by Alex Middleton, Chief Executive of Greenbelt, which sponsors Glasgow Warriors and Debbie’s campaign. Alex, who introduced the pair at Scotstoun, said: “Carlin is an inspirational player and an absolute joy to watch on the rugby field. Debbie, too, is an inspiration to all of us – her sense of determination to raise funds to help in the fight against cancer is simply incredible.

“We hope that bringing Carlin and Debbie together will raise greater awareness of her campaign and help her race towards her target.”

Next up for Debbie is a gruelling 380km sponsored cycle through Yosemite National Park in California.

If you would like to help Debbie with her fund-raising efforts, you can donate at